Tomorrow, a whole new year begins, and also a whole new month to get started on one of my Green Year’s Resolutions, as I’ve decided to call them. For January, I’ve decided to pick a resolution I’ve already started working on. During the next month I want to focus on learning how to knit properly.
I already know the basics, such as casting on, knitting and purling. This leaves me with the ability to knit amazing items such as scarfs, blankets and… and…erh… scarfs! Maybe dishcloths?
Yeah, I can do better then that. You only need a new scarf about once a decade and as soon as the blanket I’m working on is finished, the baby won’t need a new one for a long time either. Let’s face it, my knitting skills are hardly useful right now.
So it’s time to get to work! In the upcoming month I want to finish my blanket and get started on some more difficult projects. It would be great to be able to make clothes for the baby and my stepson to begin with, but also for ourselves. Sweaters, vests, gloves, dresses, being able to knit these myself would save us a lot of money and make our family more self sufficient. And self sufficiency is something I’m always striving for.
But the non consumer part of knitting isn’t the only green aspect. There’s also recycling. Or better yet, upcycling!
I’m not just talking about taking apart old sweaters and other knit-work. You can knit using other materials as well. For example, you could knit a rug out of old fabric strips tied or sewn together. Or you could knit a bag or purse out of “plarn”.
Plarn has got to be one of my favorite words. It’s a fun word to say isn’t it? Plarn… plaaaarn… PLARN! So what is it exactly? Plarn is and abbreviation of the words “plastic yarn”.
Bas and I, like many people, have more plastic bags in our house than we could ever use up. I’ve been keeping them around instead of dumping them in the recycling bin, for this very purpose. Plastic bags cut in the proper way can give you great lengths of plastic strips called plarn. Here’s a great explanation on how to cut plarn. You can then use this plarn to knit shopping bags, placemats and other great items. No more feeling bad when you come home with yet an other plastic bag (of course it’s better to avoid it) because you now have a great way to upcycle them.
Hurray for knitting!
If you’ve recently picked up a new skill, are about to start on one, or have any tips for me on knitting specifically, please, share it in the comments or on our Facebookpage!